March 28, 1998 |
Exhibiting the moral authority he draws from his extraordinary personal history, South African President Nelson Mandela on Friday pointedly told President Clinton to follow his lead and negotiate face-to-face with his enemies to solve conflicts peacefully. Mandela added that he intends to remain "loyal" to old friends--such as Cuba and Libya--even if it displeases the Clinton administration.
March 27, 1998 |
The first government chosen by all South Africa's people welcomed the first U.S. president ever to visit the country Thursday, and President Clinton marked the historic moment by pledging to help preserve the new "truly free" South Africa. "Simply put, America wants a strong South Africa, America needs a strong South Africa, and we are determined to work with you as you build a strong South Africa," Clinton said in an address before the country's Parliament and President Nelson Mandela.
February 28, 1998 |
The United States lifted a 35-year-old arms embargo against South Africa, Vice President Al Gore and South African Deputy President Thabo Mbeki said in a joint statement. "This will take effect immediately through the suspension of debarment of South African companies which had been prohibited from U.S. defense trade," the statement said.
December 14, 1997 |
The United States and South Africa agree on just about everything, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and South African Deputy President Thabo Mbeki said Saturday. Except for Sudan. Except for Libya. Albright met Mbeki, President Nelson Mandela's heir apparent, to dramatize the generally good relations between the United States and post-apartheid South Africa.
February 17, 1997 |
Vice President Al Gore toured the island prison Sunday where South African President Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years, calling prisoners' tales a source of inspiration for the world. Hosted by South African Deputy President Thabo Mbeki, whose father, Govan Mbeki, was imprisoned in the cell next to Mandela's, Gore made the half-hour boat trip from Cape Town to Robben Island and walked the narrow corridor to cell No. 5, a tiny concrete room barely big enough for a bed.
January 23, 1997 |
Hoping to defuse a bitter dispute with Washington, President Nelson Mandela's Cabinet deferred a decision Wednesday on whether to allow a $640-million sale of sensitive weapons technology to Syria's dictatorial regime. U.S. diplomats said privately they believe that the move effectively killed the sale, which would have supplied sophisticated, laser-guided targeting and firing systems for hundreds of aging Soviet-made T-72 battle tanks in Syria's arsenal.